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Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate

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Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate

By Glenn Harris

Aug. 16th, 2018

For the well-heeled epicurean, a destination that is a must see is Tuscany. There’s a mystique and legend around it built over water coolers in faraway places as those who return regale stories of rolling hills of grape, golden sunsets over wide open fields, rustic estates dotting the landscape and, of course, the wine. The fantasy of Tuscany builds beyond that with dreams of staying in the luxurious accommodations in a grand estate and having an exquisite gourmet dinner under the stars with your loved one. It will invariably include swirling, sniffing and tasting wines, in their own terroir, that you’ve had at the top restaurants in New York or perhaps in London or Hong Kong.   This is what we dream of when we think of Tuscany and it just happens to describe what awaits the forlorn oenophile at the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate.  

The story of Castello Banfi begins on a distant shore. It is the story of two Italian American brothers who began importing Tuscan wines into the US generations ago. The Mariani family’s business flourished so they then sought to produce wines themselves in the heart of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside and in its most famous Brunello wine region. Fast forward and today Banfi wines are among the most respected of Tuscany’s wines with their award-winning Brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscan and Chianti wine. 

Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate


Their success is no accident. Castello Banfi is at the forefront of viticulture and enological research as you’ll instantly become aware with a visit to their state-of-the-art winery. As the smell of fermenting wine fills the nostrils, visitors become in awe of the cavernous stainless-steel tanks that rise two stories as well as the rooms of 7000  wood barrels filled with patiently waiting wine.   

Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate


The ponderosa sized estate spreads over 7000 acres with gravel roads lined with stone pine trees crisscrossing hillsides dotted with centuries-old rustic homes. The land is covered with vineyards as well as olive and plum trees, wheat fields,  left fallow or filled with 100-year-old forests.  The estate includes a medieval castle, Castello Banfi – Il Borgo which is a 14-room boutique hotel, a cellar door, gourmet restaurants, the state-of-the-art winery and numerous experiences for those seeking an epicurean lifestyle holiday.  

Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate


Lording high on a hill above the domain reigns the Castello Banfi. The castle is an imposing fortress of crenelated towers, cobblestone courtyards and ancient walkways surrounded by manicured gardens, outdoor art pieces and colorful flowers bursting with all manner of color. The castle was built in the 13th century and had been painstakingly restored from near ruin by Mariani family.

Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate


Castello Banfi-Il Borgo is a 14 room five-star luxury boutique hotel adjacent to the castle.  Il Borgo translates to hamlet and is the 18th-century dwellings of farmers of the estate. The historic Tuscan architecture exteriors have been restored yet beyond those walls is something completely new and luxurious.

Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate


The fairy-tale like scene of the castle and bucolic views of the Tuscan countryside are perfect for romantic walks while watching the sunset. The grounds are of soft grass lawns, fragrant roses and gorgeous colorful flower gardens, a pergola wrapped in vines,  and a stone cherub that gurgles water into a deep fountain. The hotel’s pool is also a beautiful scene set in landscaped gardens with chaise lounges under canvas umbrellas and delicious views overlooking the vineyards and sea beyond.  

Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate


Guest will admire the carefully restored façades of rustic rock and mortar of this authentic Tuscan hamlet. Indoors is completely different with the feeling of an elegant Tuscan country house. There are only nine rooms and five suites with each being unique in terms of style and configuration. One of Italy’s most well-regarded designers, Federico Forquet, is responsible for the bespoke décor and touches in the decor.   

Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate


The interiors feature exposed wooden beams, arches covered in stone, dark wood furniture and terra-cotta tile floors. The rich colors are offset with a light pastel color palette of soft light shades and pretty floral fabrics in the window curtains and the valance over the uber comfortable king size bed.    All of the accommodations feature lavish bathrooms with walk-in rain-fall showers with handsome Italian tile and separate bathtub as well as bespoke amenities made from the estate’s Sangiovese grapes.   The suites all are quite spacious with separate living and bedroom and even larger bathrooms.

Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate

Experiencing Tuscan-style Good Living and the Castello Banfi-Il Borgo Winery Estate


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